FLIPPOMUSIC has been developing its expanded version of jazz-fusion by blending elements of jazz with ethnic music from around the world, resulting in a set of singular musical expressions. Dave Flippo, principal composer and keyboardist of the band has followed a long and interesting road. While completing a Doctorate in Music Composition at the University of Michigan, he drove cab 60 hours a week, played a steady gig for and still had time social and musical explorations (partying). His studies at Eastman School of Music (Master of Music) allowed him to befriend and play with musicians from all over the world and exposed him to the music of India, Indonesia, Asia, Africa and South America. (However he was such a "academic-classical-nerd" at the time that he didn't even check out the amazing jazz scene there.) In 1987 Flippo moved to Chicago and began two years of intensive studies in jazz (a total of 13 years straight of "study"--followed by two years of "burnout.") After toying with "third-stream" composition, he formed Flippomusic, which builds off his duel musical base: jazz and contemporary concert music. From this base, Flippo explores and filters in musical styles and languages from ethnic music from all over the world.